1-145-8 Minatocho, Nanao
East of Fisherman’s Wharf
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Hours: 11:00-14:30, 17:30-23:00
Nanao Community Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 stars
What’s on the Menu: Italian food: pasta, pizza, a wide variety of appetizers, fancy desserts, and an excellent wine selection. The menu is handwritten in kanji and katakana, and doesn’t have pictures. I suggest buying several meze (Italian appetizers) and sharing them around. If you’re a party of one, you can splurge on a set-course meal. I recommend everyone try the prosciutto – the thinly sliced dry-cured ham is especially delicious because it’s freshly cut with every order. Prices are on the expensive side.
Quirks & Perks: Rio boasts a beautiful view over Nanao Bay, especially at sunset. Wedding parties are often attracted here because of its romantic atmosphere. The restaurant can accommodate large groups in its table-and-chairs dining space, as well as a sit-on-the-floor enkai room. You can even watch muted cartoon movies projected on the wall during dinner. Overall, a must-visit.
Patricia is a second-year ALT. Prior to moving to Nanao, she managed social media for a high-end bistro in Michigan. You can usually find her at local restaurants poised over her dish with a camera. She blogs about food, among other adventures, at My Present Life.